The President of the Organising Committee for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Mr. Roger?
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TRANSCRIPT: There is still no solution in sight in the dispute over world television coverage of next year's Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. It could mean that Europe, Africa and Asia, will not see live coverage of the Games. The Montreal Olympic organizing committee is asking eighteen million dollars for TV rights to the Games - double the amount the foreign networks are willing to pay. Roger Rousseau, President of the Organising Committee gave his side of the story at Montreal news conference. A report from Ron Laplante.
"Negotiations broke down last week with what the European Broadcasting Union called a final offer of nine point three million for the right to televise the Games outside of North America. KOJO? is demanding almost twice that much - eighteen million. There are no negotiations at this very moment, but Mr.Rousseau emphasises that the door is open and a solution must be found."
"They talk budget, they talk value. We believe that there is a value to t hem and to us, so this is why it has been difficult since the beginning to reconcile the two from two different standpoints. One is value, alright, and we've tried logically to explain how we came to the value, and we really believe that this is an important step for the future as far as the television rights are concerned. We have to be (indistinct) of the jungle. I think a value has to be assessed and finally accepted so that each organising committee does not have to face that kind of battle every time."
"The final authority in the negotiations is the International Olympic Committee which can intervene at any time. This is why most observers believe there is really no danger of a television black-out in the rest of the World.
Ron Laplante, CBC News, Montreal.
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REPORTER: RON LAPLANTE
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Background: The President of the Organising Committee for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Mr. Roger Rousseau, said on Monday (18 August) that he was hopeful of reaching an agreement with countries outside North America on the amount they should pay for television rights to the Games.
He told a news conference in Montreal that despite what were described was final offers from both sides, and the intervention in the dispute by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the door to future negotiations was not closed completely.
Last week the IOC asked the Organising Committee to reconsider its rejection of the total of 9.3 million dollars (about 4.6 million starling) offered by five broadcasting unions representing eastern and western Europe, South America, Asia and the Arab countries for the television rights. The five, which formed a bloc for negotiating purposes, described it as their final offer. The Organising committee wants slightly more than 18 million dollars (about 9 million sterling).
The Committee has sold the United States television rights to the American Broadcasting Company for 25 million dollars. But it has been unable to reach agreement with any other television network or groups, with the exception of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The European Broadcasting Union has set the end of September as a final deadline for an agreement. But Mr. Rousseau said the Committee did not believe any deadlines should be set.
(This film is serviced with a sound commentary by CBC reporter, Ron Laplante, together with an interview with Mr. Rousseau. A transcript of Both is provided on page two.)